The Housing Management Office (HMO) is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you.When you arrive at Ankara Support Facility, you must visit the HMO. This visit is necessary to obtain housing, verify your eligibility for Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA), and receive counseling and guidance before entering into any written lease or rental/sales contract for housing. You are advised to wait until you arrive before you sign any rental contract as the 717 ABS AT/FP personnel have to inspect all housing before any contract is signed.
WHAT IS HEAT?
Housing Early Assistance Tool (HEAT) creates an easy on-line experience to connect you, the Service Member, with your future destination and offers an on-line venue to obtain housing assistance prior to a PCS transfer. HQ Air Force Housing has successfully implemented HEAT across the AF Enterprise so members can reach out to installations when preparing for transition. Installations are accessible through the HEAT tool across CONUS and most OCONUS installations. Members should use HEAT when preparing to transfer to their new assignment. Learn more at the HOMES.mil site.
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Housing in the Local Community
The Housing Management Office (HMO) provides all DoD personnel with personalized services to assist in locating suitable housing in their new host country. Moving to a new country can often be confusing and stressful; however, it can also be exciting. Living off base provides members and families the chance to experience a new culture and make friends with their host country neighbors. The HMO will assist you every step of the way to help you find your new home in the local community.
Contact the HMO as soon as you know you are moving. The government housing team will provide you the latest information on the local housing market conditions, as well as local laws governing off-base housing. The HMO partners with landlords, realtors and property managers to make sure you receive the most current information about the local housing market.
The HMO can assist you by:
- Providing translation services to establish appointments to view available units
- Negotiating lease contracts
- Assisting in establishing utility services
- Providing furnishings support. See the Furnishings Management Office (FMO) for a list of the Duration of Tour Items available
The HMO Referral Section will make appointments with local realtors to tour apartments and houses either by transporting personnel or arranging for the realtor to pickup the member and show them available properties.
After you move into your home, the HMO provides on-going assistance as we translation services when you need to communicate with your landlord.
At Ankara Support Facility, the HMO supports the Rental Partnership Program (RPP) to help military members obtain adequate housing in the community. The HMO and local landlord, or realtor, enter into an agreement to offer service members special rental benefits above that non-military tenants receive. Typical benefits include a waiver of security and utility deposits, a discount on market rental rates and immediate access to housing. Contact the HMO for more information about the RRP.
Community Housing Units
The HMO provides up-to-date listings of available economy units, translation services, and landlord/tenant mediation.
For information about the housing allowances that financially support your move, see Referral and Relocation Assistance.
Personal Property Insurance
You need to obtain legal liability and personal property insurance for your possessions and should choose the options and amounts that best fit your needs and lifestyle.
The use of local realtor services is typically unnecessary and is not recommended unless a home for rent is only listed with a specific realtor. In OCONUS, if you choose to use realtor services, discuss fees up front, as some realtors charge a finder's fee and government reimbursement is rarely authorized. To request government reimbursement for realtor services in OCONUS, you must submit a request for authorization through the HMO before signing a lease or contract. In CONUS, fees for realtor services are not reimbursable.
For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live.
For information about Ankara Schools, visit the Ankara E/H School website.